Small businesses could be in the running at North East Exporters' Awards

Award seeks to recognise firms that boost the region's foreign trade by looking for opportunities overseas

North East Exporters Awards 2014 - Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham
North East Exporters Awards 2014 - Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham

It's not just the big players who are bolstering the North East’s impressive export figures, and the best small-to-medium exporters will have their chance to shine at the North East Exporters’ Awards 2015.

The SME Exporter Award, sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher, is open to companies with a turnover up to £25m, that have demonstrated exceptional achievement in export.

The annual North East Exporters’ Awards recognise the work of businesses that, through their exporting achievements, are making a major contribution to both the regional and UK economies.

In particular, it aims to highlight the strength and diversity of the North East’s exporting activity.

The awards are a partnership between the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), UK Trade & Investment, HSBC, PD Ports and ncjMedia.

For a third year, NECC will be bringing The Journal and its Teesside sister paper, The Gazette, on board as the media partner and to provide event management support.

Last year, entries nearly doubled on previous years - helping the partnership achieve its aim of becoming the number one export awards for the region.

This year’s awards dinner will take place on June 25 at Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham.

Last year’s SME Exporter Award winner was Ashington-based A-Belco Ltd.

The company, which specialises in explosion proof electrical equipment, has made significant inroads into the oil and gas industry.

Its hazardous area floodlight was the world’s first of its kind and has virtually become an industry standard since being developed in 2010. The device has been used on a major energy plant in Australia.

Through its distributor network, it has broken into the Scandinavian, UAE, Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean markets with export sales increasing four-fold.

Export sales now account for around 56% of turnover, against 21% in 2011.

The company is looking to build on its worldwide distributor network, particularly in high growth markets such as South America, (Brazil and Columbia) and Vietnam.

Further products to supplement product range are under development which will open up new markets such as Russia and the former Soviet States. A-Belco is also undergoing further product certifications to allow it to break into the North and South American and Canadian markets.

To make a nomination, reserve a table, or for further information log onto www.northeastexportersawards.co.uk . Alternatively contact Andy Forster, events manager on 0191 201 6430 or email andrew.forster@trinitymirror.com

* The deadline for entries is May 1.

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